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The conditions we live in have an immense impact on our behaviours that support health. Adults and children have the right to live, learn, recreate, and work in environments and settings that support us to eat well and be physically active.

Cancer Council WA works to inform community discussion and stakeholder support for policies that create these supportive environments. This work is generously funded by Healthway and is undertaken in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute.

Stay up to date

To stay up to date on our work, subscribe to our Obesity Policy Review newsletter by emailing ObesityPolicy@cancerwa.asn.au and read back issues. You can also follow us on Twitter at ObesityPolicyWA.

Key Campaigns

Now is the time to protect children from junk food advertising.

Cancer Council WA in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute and other leading WA health and medical agencies call for the immediate removal of junk food advertising from WA Government property.

Let’s get Junk food out of cricket

Cancer Council WA continues to raise awareness of the inappropriate relationship between sport and junk food advertising.

Reports

Published Articles

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton L et al. Does fast-food outlet density differ by area-level disadvantage in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia? Health Promot J Austral 2022, 1-4

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton LE, et al. Exposure to unhealthy food and beverage advertising during the school commute in Australia. J Epidemiol Community Health 2021; 0:1–4. doi:10.1136/jech-2021-217032

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton LE et al. Children’s exposure to outdoor advertising near primary and secondary schools in Australia. Health Promot J Austral 2021;00:1-7. doi:10.1002/hpja.532

Chung A, Zorbas C, Riesenberg D et al, Policies to restrict unhealthy food and beverage advertising in outdoor spaces and on publicly owned assets: A scoping review of the literature. World Obesity 2021; e13386 doi.org/10.1111/obr.13386

Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton L et al. Association between food-outlet availability near secondary schools and junk-food purchasing among Australian adolescents. Nutrition 2021, 91-92

Submissions

Articles

Media Releases

Obesity Policy Review newsletter

The Obesity Policy Review is a monthly newsletter that aims to update the community on the latest obesity policy news, research and advocacy being undertaken.

Our work to reduce harm from alcohol use 

Cancer Council WA and our Alcohol Programs team work closely with other non-government organisations to advocate for improvements to the environment through policy change to reduce harm from alcohol use, including cancer.  We also work to inform community discussion about alcohol issues with the aim of reducing the impacts of alcohol on the WA community, including as a cause of cancer. There are many policy options that are known to be effective. Cancer Council’s recommendations to reduce harms caused by alcohol are outlined in the National Cancer Prevention Policy.

You can view more information on our alcohol prevention activity here.

Follow us on Twitter @AlcoholPolicyWA to keep up to date on our activities and key policy issues.

Alcohol.Think Again

The Alcohol.Think Again education program is delivered by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with Cancer Council WA. The program informs the WA community of the range of alcohol-related harms, including cancer, and ways to minimise alcohol-related risk.

Visit the Alcohol.Think Again website to view the campaigns, find tips to reduce your drinking, access online tools (e.g., What is a standard drink?), and connect with support services.

 

Alcohol Action Station e-newsletter

Alcohol Action Station is a fortnightly e-newsletter that aims to provide WA community members with the information and tools to take action on harms from alcohol. The purpose is to provide a brief update on the latest information on alcohol that we think will be of interest, with a focus on taking action. Sign up to the e-newsletter by emailing alcoholprograms@cancerwa.asn.au.

Alcohol Action Station 2022 editions

Alcohol Action Station 22 June 2022
Alcohol Action Station 8 June 2022
Alcohol Action Station 11 May 2022
Alcohol Action Station 25 May 2022
Alcohol Action Station 27 April 2022
Alcohol Action Station 14 April 2022
Alcohol Action Station 30 March 2022
Alcohol Action Station 16 March 2022
Alcohol Action Station 2 March 2022
Alcohol Action Station 17 February 2022
o  Alcohol Action Station 2 February 2022
Alcohol Action Station 19 January 2022

Alcohol Action Station 2021 editions

o Alcohol Action Station 9 December 2021
Alcohol Action Station 24 November 2021
Alcohol Action Station 11 November 2021
Alcohol Action Station 27 October 2021
Alcohol Action Station 13 October 2021
o Alcohol Action Station 29 September 2021
Alcohol Action Station 15 September 2021
Alcohol Action Station 1 September 2021
Alcohol Action Station 18 August 2021

Additional resources: 

Factsheets:

Blogs:

  • Croakey – Calling for protection from a torrent of alcohol-related misinformation (June 2022)
  • Croakey – Shedding light and making the case for better regulation of digital alcohol marketing (November 2021)
  • Croakey – Alcohol marketing and digital platforms: stronger regulation is required (August 2021)
  • MJA InSight+ – Big Alcohol and COVID-19: industry rules fail. Again. (April 2021)
  • Movendi International – Exposing Big Alcohol arguments during the pandemic (October 2020)
  • Hello Sunday Morning – When the chemist is promoting alcohol, do we have a problem? (October 2020)
  • Pearls and Irritations – ‘Get them laughing to get them drinking’ and ‘Keep them drinking’ while they’re stuck at home. (June 2020)